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Chinelo Bally in Conversation

15/04/2021 6:00 pm – 15/04/2021 7:30 pm | Online

Join author and sewing expert Chinelo Bally in conversation as she celebrates the publication of her new book Sew Chinelo: How to transform your wardrobe with sustainable style. This online event is hosted by the Fashion and Textile Museum.

Chinelo began sewing ten years ago when she bought her first sewing machine. Shortly after, she shot to fame through competing in BBC’s ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ – where she finished second – and her professional sewing career took off. As part of this online conversation hear how her sewing journey started with upcycling existing garments so they would fit her better and how she became known for her signature freehand cutting techniques.

Take this opportunity to delve into Chinelo’s sustainable approach to making clothing, minimising waste, maximising creativity and get inspired. Hear some of her top tips for re-inventing your existing wardrobe, creating stunning garments that are the perfect antidote to fast fashion.


Minimise waste and maximise creativity with 14 stylish freehand dressmaking projects. Making your own clothes is a sustainable, ethical and fun craft that is brought alive by bestselling author and designer Chinelo Bally. Using the freehand cutting method for which she has become so well known, Chinelo shows how to upcycle and make stunning new items from old garments as well as making clothes using interesting new fabrics, without the need for sewing patterns.

The book features eleven projects for stylish women’s clothes and three projects for children’s clothes. Learn to turn a man’s shirt into a fashionable dress and old pair of jeans into a sassy tutu skirt. Other projects include a one-shoulder jumpsuit and Chinelo’s signature collared top. Throughout the book, Chinelo encourages the reader to make clothes to suit their own style and achieve results that are beautifully distinctive – and a far cry from throwaway fast-fashion.


Chinelo Bally is a Nigerian-born Brit who appeared on the BBC’s ‘Great British Sewing Bee’, where she wowed judges with her freehand cutting method and distinctive use of fabrics. Chinelo is the author of Freehand Fashion and is an expert on BBC2’s upcoming show ‘Saved and Remade’.

When: Thursday 15 April, 6pm – 7.30pm
Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here.

Author photo: Claire Pepper